Adam J. Levitt
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Title: Director

Phone: (312) 214-0000

E-mail: alevitt@gelaw.com

Education:

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1993)

Columbia College, Columbia University A.B., magna cum laude (1990)

Admissions:

Illinois, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of CO, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Central District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IN, U.S. District Court for the District of NE, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of TX, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of TX

Biography

Adam J. Levitt is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. and leads the Firm's Consumer Practice Group. He specializes in complex commercial litigation, class action, and mass tort litigation in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, technology, and agricultural law. Mr. Levitt served as co-lead counsel in two of the largest agricultural and biotechnology class actions in recent years, recovering more than $1 billion in damages for the plaintiffs: In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, in which Mr. Levitt has obtained settlements exceeding $900 million on behalf of long-grain rice producers and others who suffered losses resulting from contamination of the U.S. rice supply with unapproved, genetically modified seeds; and In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation, where he recovered $110 million on behalf of farmers who sustained market losses on their corn crops arising from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with genetically-modified StarLink corn.

Mr. Levitt is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers for the past several years, acknowledged by Lawdragon as one of the leading lawyers in America, and has been named "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer Magazine.

With one of the country's leading consumer litigation practices, Mr. Levitt has successfully served as counsel in numerous class and complex litigation cases at both the state and federal courts, as well as on the trial and appellate court levels. His current cases include several notable consumer actions: In re Honey Transshipping Litigation; In re Porsche Cars North America Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Product Liability Litigation; In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation; Belville v. Ford Motor Company; In Re: Dial Complete Marketing and Sales Litigation; and In re Wesson Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation.

Mr. Levitt serves as President of the Class Action Trial Lawyers, a division of the National Trial Lawyers, of which he is an Executive Committee Member. Since 2005, Mr. Levitt has served as an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Levitt sits on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. In 2013, he became an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. Mr. Levitt is also a peer reviewer of articles submitted to AAJ's Trial magazine.

Mr. Levitt has authored numerous articles on class action litigation and consumer protection; his most recent publications include:

"The Ascertainability Fallacy and Its Consequences," AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2015; "Fees Obliterate Managed Futures Fund Profits," Financial Advisor, 2014; "Supreme Court to Revisit the Fraud on the Market Presumption of Reliance in Securities Fraud Cases," AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2014; "Calculating Damages in Securities Class Actions," TRIAL, Vol. 49, No. 6, 2013; "The Role and Function of Corporate Representatives at Trial," The Trial Lawyer, Vol. II, No. IV, 2013; "Multidistrict Litigation Practice: The Function and Shifting Focus of the JPML in Class Action and Other 'Bet the Company' Litigation," a chapter from Straight from the Top: Case Studies in the World of Litigation, 2012; "Sticky Situations in Mass Tort Settlements," TRIAL, Vol. 48, No. 11, 2012; "CAFA and Federalized Ambiguity: The Case for Discretion in the Unpredictable Class Action," 120 Yale L.J. Online 233, 2011; "Taming the Metadata Beast," New York Law Journal, 2008; "The Big Business Wish List: Proposed Illinois Supreme Court Rule 225 and the Demolition of Consumer Rights," The Class Act, 2005; "Foreign Investors Serving as Lead Plaintiffs in U.S.-Based Securities Cases," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005; "Proposed Rule 225: A Death Warrant for Class Actions in Illinois," Illinois Bar Journal, 2005; "An Illinois Lawyer's Guide to Service of Process in Mexico," Illinois Bar Journal, 1994.

In addition to his writings, Mr. Levitt is a frequent speaker on topics of consumer protection, multi-district litigation, biotechnology, corporate governance, securities litigation, and Internet privacy. Mr. Levitt has also testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee on class action practice and related issues. In addition to chairing Law Seminars International's "Litigating Class Actions" annual conference in Chicago, Mr. Levitt's recent speaking engagements include:

  • "Rage Against the Machine: Breaking Down the Best-Schooled Corporate Executives at Deposition and Trial," Trial Lawyers Summit, 2015;
  • "Criteria Approving Class Action Settlements," The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies -- Class Action Settlement Conference, 2015;
  • "Consumer Litigation Roundtable: Judicial Perspectives on the Management of Class Action Cases," Perrin Class Action Litigation Conference -- Chicago 2015 (Conference Co-Chair);
  • "Challenges to Ascertainability, "Fail-Safe" Classes, Standing, and Class Member Injury," CBA Class Action Conference: Challenges to Class Membership, 2015;
  • "Litigation Background and Update: In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation," Syngenta GMO Corn Webinar, 2015;
  • "Commentator -- Writing Better Jury Instructions: Antitrust as an Example," 15th Annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium, 2015;
  • "Lessons Learned: Trial, Discovery, and the Business of Practicing Law," Trial Lawyers Summit, 2014;
  • "Lessons on Motions to Dismiss From Other Car Defect Cases," HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: General Motors Ignition Switch Recall Litigation, 2014;
  • "The Process that Works" -- "Class Action Mediation LIVE!, 18th Annual National Institute on Class Actions, 2014;
  • "Making Your Parents Proud: Crafting a Meaningful Settlement," AAJ-NACA  Consumer Warranty Class Action Litigation Seminar, 2014;
  • "Litigating the Class Action: In re General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation," AAJ Education's Plaintiff-Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar: GM Auto Recall, 2014;
  • "Corporate Governance, Arbitration By-Laws, and Foreign Securities Litigation," IPPFA Midwest Pension Conference, 2014;
  • "Fighting the Class Action Battle: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Filing the Class Certification Motion," Trial Lawyers Summit, 2013;
  • "Consumer Class Actions in a Post-Concepcion World," The Shifting Landscape of Class Litigation, 2013;
  • "Recent Developments in the Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit and Northern District of Illinois," Litigating Class Actions, 2013;
  • "Current Trends in Consumer Litigation," Grant & Eisenhofer Consumer Litigation Breakfast Briefing, 2013;
  • "Supreme Court Review," Global Shareholder Activism Conference, 2013;
  • "Using Litigation to Enforce and Protect Food Labeling and Crop Standards," Animals as Food: The Legal Treatment of Animals in Contemporary Agribusiness and Factory Farming, 2013;
  • "Access to Justice after Iqbal and Twombly," American Constitution Society Georgia Lawyer Chapter, 2013;
  • "Disaster Averted, Mass Tort Resolved - Settling Mass Tort Disaster Cases," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference, 2013;
  • "Recent Developments in Class Action Settlement Jurisprudence," American Association for Justice, 2013 Annual Convention;
  • "The JPML's 1404/1407 Shift and the End of Reflexive Transfer," Aggregate Litigation After Class Actions Conference of Law Seminars International, 2013;
  • "Deposing the Corporate Machine: How to Win Against the Best-Schooled Corporate Executive," Trial Skills Retreat: Empowering Witnesses Conference by 360 Advocacy Institute, 2013;
  • "Manifestation of Defect That Causes Actual Injury in Economic Defect Related Class Actions," 2013 National Consumer Class Action Litigation & Management Conference;
  • "Trial Lawyers and Class Actions: Protecting Consumers and Elevating Your Practice," Trial Lawyers Summit, 2012;
  • "Lead Plaintiff 'Pickoffs', Offers of Judgment, Moving to Dismiss Class Allegations, and Other Early Attacks on the Class Process," Litigating Class Actions Conference of Law Seminars International, 2012;
  • "MERS Litigation: Justice for Illinois Counties," Illinois Association of County Clerks & Recorders Annual Conference, 2012;
  • "Class Actions in Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation," HarrisMartin TVM/Actos Litigation Conference, 2012;
  • "The Evolution of the Class Action Notice," Class Actions -- Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives, 2012;
  • "Removal, Remand, and Claims Asserted -- Strategic Considerations in MERS Litigation," American Association for Justice, Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) Teleseminar, 2012;
  • "Thinking About Trial from Day One," American Association for Justice, 2012 Annual Convention;
  • "Litigation at Sunrise -- The Basics of the MERS System," American Association for Justice, 2012 Annual Convention;
  • "Class Action Litigation and Victim Services," 38th NOVA Conference, 2012;
  • "Modifying Your Approach for Multi-State Class Actions," Litigating Class Actions (Seattle), 2011;
  • "Multi-State Litigation in the Post-CAFA World," Litigating Class Actions (Chicago), 2011;
  • "Imprelis Herbicide Litigation Spotlight," HB Litigation Conferences, 2011;
  • "Ethical Implications of Class Action and Mass Tort Settlements," American Association for Justice, Summer Conference, 2011;
  • "Current Developments in Consumer Protection Litigation," 11th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium, 2011;
  • "Privacy Litigation: The Evolution in Theories and Outcomes," International Association of Privacy Professionals "Privacy Academy," 2009;
  • "Securities Litigation Update," 2008 Class Action Institute;
  • "Legal Strategies to Fight Negative Effects of Genetic Engineering," Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2007;
  • "Corporate Governance Developments," Financial Management Association -- 2005 Conference.

Mr. Levitt graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1990 and received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1993.